Group wants communities incorporated in mining activities



By KBC Reporter

The International Alliance on National Resources in Africa now wants investors carrying out mining activities in the country to fully involve communities in the respective areas to improve their living standards.

The Alliance says it is unfortunate that many communities in mineral rich regions are still wallowing in poverty while investors continue to prosper from mining proceeds.

Kenya is inching closer to getting a new mining law after the Cabinet last month approved two mining and mineral policies.

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If passed, the new Mining Bill will replace the Mining Act of 1940 that has for long exposed the sector to governance and operational issues. Once the policies are in place, the mining activities ongoing in the country are expected to contribute 10 percent to the gross domestic product.

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The International Alliance on National Resources in Africa says that the Mining Bill should encompass clauses that ensure communities in mineral-rich areas fully benefit from the resources.

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IANRA Coordinator Gilbert Sendegua says the law will also seek to sensitize on their rights as far as mining is concerned.

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This emerged during the launch of a mining model law prepared by the organization. According to IANRA Africa Chairman Mwikamba Maghenda the model law once adopted will help governments deal with rogue investors who fleece communities.

The mining model law will is expected to be distributed to all communities in mineral rich regions in Africa.




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